James Westol Starr

James Westol Starr

WARRENTON - James Westol Starr, 69, surrendered his battle with cancer on April 11, 2005, at his home in Warrenton, Ore. He was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Spokane to Harold and Elizabeth Starr.

He attended three years of high school at Lincoln High School in Portland, and graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1954. He married his childhood friend, Rose Ann Larson, in 1961. Together they have two daughters, Dawn and Cinda.

Mr. Starr was a devoted military man who traveled the world. He has a mountain, Starr Nunatak, and a lake, Starr Lake, in Antarctica named for him. He proudly served in Vietnam, and one of his most enjoyable tours was that of command master chief at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for four years.

In his retirement he was involved with the Astoria Sea Cadets. He was a member of the Warrenton VFW, Astoria American Legion, NCOA, Fleet Reserve Association, and several other organizations.

He will be remembered as a kind, giving man, who thought of others and was most proud of his family.

Survivors include his wife at the family home; his mother of Beaverton, Ore.; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Bruce Gracie of Bremerton and Cinda and Ramiro Cordero of Ocean Park; a Seabee daughter Cory Ragan; eight grandchildren: Thomas (Brenda) Starr of Vancouver, Gary Starr of Warrenton, Matthew Starr of Bremerton, Kimberly, Anthony, Nicholas, Armando and Bianca Cordero of Ocean Park; brothers, Harold, Richard and Robert; and many other family members and dear friends.

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